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Amsterdam Tournament

Amsterdam Tournament
Founded 1975
Region Europe
Number of teams 4
Current champions Benfica (1st title)
Most successful club(s) Ajax (10 titles)
Website Official homepage

The Amsterdam Tournament (Dutch: Amsterdam Toernooi) was a pre-season association football competition, held in Amsterdam, Netherlands.[1] The competition was hosted by Eredivisie club Ajax at the Amsterdam Arena.[2] It was inaugurated in 1975 as the Amsterdam 700 Tournament to celebrate 700 years of history in the city.[3] It was held annually each summer until 1992, when the last edition of the original tournament was played. It returned in 1999 with the backing of the International Event Partnership (IEP).[4] Four teams participate in the competition, played in a league format since 1986.[3]

Since its return,[5] the tournament has used an unusual point scoring system. As with most league competitions, three points are awarded for a win, one for a draw, and none for a loss. However, an additional point is awarded for each goal scored.[6] The system is designed to reward teams that adopt a more attacking style of play.[7] Each entrant plays two matches, with the winner being the club that finishes at the top of the table.[8] The original competition was held at De Meer, Ajax's home between 1934 and 1996.[9] The Amsterdam Arena has played host to the event since its return.

The first winners were Belgian club Molenbeek, who defeated Ajax 5–2 in the final.[3] The hosts are the most successful club in the tournament's history, having lifted the trophy on ten occasions. The club won their first title in 1978 and their most recent success came in 2004.[10] Fellow Dutch side AZ and English club Arsenal are the only other teams to have won the competition more than once.[11] Feyenoord, Ajax's domestic rivals, are among a group of clubs to have won the tournament once,[3] while Belgium has produced the most individual winners, four, one more than England and Netherlands.

AZ and Arsenal are also the most regular guests, having been invited to compete in the tournament on six occasions. As well as being the most successful club, Ajax have finished as runners-up eleven times. Next in the list are two Italian clubs, Internazionale and Roma, who have finished in second place five times between them. Romania are the only national team to have taken part in the tournament. They were invited in 1984 and finished in fourth place as Atlético Mineiro became the first Brazilian club to lift the trophy. In total, teams from thirteen countries have participated in the competition. The 2010 edition did not take place due to Ajax's involvement in the qualifying stages of the Champions League.[12][13]

Table key

Tournaments

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John Wark scored in the 1981 final for Ipswich Town.[15]
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Frank Rijkaard played in the tournament for Ajax.[15]
Edition Year Winner Runner-up Third Fourth Notes
1 1975 23x15px Molenbeek 23x15px Ajax 23x15px Feyenoord 23x15px Barcelona [14]
2 1976 23x15px Anderlecht 23x15px Ajax 23x15px Borussia M'gladbach 23x15px Leeds United [16]
3 1977 23x15px AZ 23x15px Ajax 23x15px Liverpool 23x15px Barcelona [17]
4 1978 23x15px Ajax 23x15px Anderlecht 23x15px AZ 23x15px Fluminense [18]
5 1979 23x15px AZ 23x15px Ajax 23x15px Arsenal 23x15px Hamburger SV [19]
6 1980 23x15px Ajax 23x15px AZ 23x15px Bayern Munich 23x15px Nottingham Forest [20]
7 1981 23x15px Ipswich Town 23x15px Standard Liège 23x15px Ajax 23x15px AZ [15]
8 1982 23x15px AZ 23x15px Ajax 23x15px Köln 23x15px Tottenham Hotspur [21]
9 1983 23x15px Feyenoord 23x15px Roma 23x15px Ajax 23x15px Manchester United [22]
10 1984 23x15px Atlético Mineiro 23x15px Ajax 23x15px Feyenoord 23x15px Romania [23]
11 1985 23x15px Ajax 23x15px Atlético Mineiro 23x15px Athletic Bilbao 23x15px Verona [24]
12 1986 23x15px Dynamo Kiev 23x15px Ajax 23x15px Manchester United 23x15px Botafogo [25]
13 1987 23x15px Ajax 23x15px Torino 23x15px Dynamo Kiev 23x15px Porto [26]
14 1988 23x15px Sampdoria 23x15px Flamengo 23x15px Ajax 23x15px Benfica [27]
15 1989 23x15px Mechelen 23x15px Ajax 23x15px Sporting CP 23x15px Dynamo Kiev [28]
16 1990 23x15px Club Brugge 23x15px Ajax 23x15px PSV 23x15px Mechelen [29]
17 1991 23x15px Ajax 23x15px PSV 23x15px Fluminense 23x15px Sampdoria [30]
18 1992 23x15px Ajax 23x15px Roma 23x15px PSV 23x15px Borussia Dortmund [31]
19 1999 23x15px Lazio 23x15px Santos 23x15px Ajax 23x15px Atlético Madrid [32]
20 2000 23x15px Barcelona 23x15px Ajax 23x15px Lazio 23x15px Arsenal [33]
21 2001 23x15px Ajax 23x15px Milan 23x15px Valencia 23x15px Liverpool [34]
22 2002 23x15px Ajax 23x15px Barcelona 23x15px Manchester United 23x15px Parma [35]
23 2003 23x15px Ajax 23x15px Internazionale 23x15px Galatasaray 23x15px Liverpool [36]
24 2004 23x15px Ajax 23x15px River Plate 23x15px Panathinaikos 23x15px Arsenal [37]
25 2005 23x15px Arsenal 23x15px Porto 23x15px Boca Juniors 23x15px Ajax [38]
26 2006 23x15px Manchester United 23x15px Internazionale 23x15px Porto 23x15px Ajax [39]
27 2007 23x15px Arsenal 23x15px Atlético Madrid 23x15px Ajax 23x15px Lazio [40]
28 2008 23x15px Arsenal 23x15px Internazionale 23x15px Sevilla 23x15px Ajax [41]
29 2009 23x15px Benfica 23x15px Ajax 23x15px Sunderland 23x15px Atlético Madrid [42]

Statistics

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Marco van Basten scored in two consecutive finals for Ajax.[3]
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Josep Guardiola was successful in 2000 with Barcelona.[43]
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Zlatan Ibrahimović scored in the 2004 tournament for Ajax.[37]
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Rafael van der Vaart scored two goals for Ajax in the 2002 edition.[35]
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Wesley Sneijder scored in the 2006 tournament for Ajax.[39]
Team Winner Runner-up Third Fourth Total
23x15px Ajax 10 11 5 3 29
23x15px AZ 3 1 1 1 6
23x15px Arsenal 3 0 1 2 6
23x15px Barcelona 1 1 0 2 4
23x15px Manchester United 1 0 2 1 4
23x15px Feyenoord 1 0 2 0 3
23x15px Dynamo Kyiv 1 0 1 1 3
23x15px Lazio 1 0 1 1 3
23x15px Anderlecht 1 1 0 0 2
23x15px Atlético Mineiro 1 1 0 0 2
23x15px Sampdoria 1 0 0 1 2
23x15px Mechelen 1 0 0 1 2
23x15px Benfica 1 0 0 1 2
23x15px Molenbeek 1 0 0 0 1
23x15px Ipswich Town 1 0 0 0 1
23x15px Club Brugge 1 0 0 0 1
23x15px Internazionale 0 3 0 0 3
23x15px PSV 0 1 2 0 3
23x15px Porto 0 1 1 1 3
23x15px Atlético Madrid 0 1 0 2 3
23x15px Liverpool 0 0 1 2 3
23x15px Roma 0 2 0 0 2
23x15px Fluminense 0 0 1 1 2
23x15px Standard Liège 0 1 0 0 1
23x15px Torino 0 1 0 0 1
23x15px Flamengo 0 1 0 0 1
23x15px Santos 0 1 0 0 1
23x15px Milan 0 1 0 0 1
23x15px River Plate 0 1 0 0 1
23x15px Borussia M'gladbach 0 0 1 0 1
23x15px Bayern Munich 0 0 1 0 1
23x15px Köln 0 0 1 0 1
23x15px Athletic Bilbao 0 0 1 0 1
23x15px Sporting CP 0 0 1 0 1
23x15px Valencia 0 0 1 0 1
23x15px Galatasaray 0 0 1 0 1
23x15px Panathinaikos 0 0 1 0 1
23x15px Boca Juniors 0 0 1 0 1
23x15px Sevilla 0 0 1 0 1
23x15px Sunderland 0 0 1 0 1
23x15px Leeds United 0 0 0 1 1
23x15px Hamburger SV 0 0 0 1 1
23x15px Nottingham Forest 0 0 0 1 1
23x15px Tottenham Hotspur 0 0 0 1 1
23x15px Romania 0 0 0 1 1
23x15px Verona 0 0 0 1 1
23x15px Botafogo 0 0 0 1 1
23x15px Borussia Dortmund 0 0 0 1 1
23x15px Parma 0 0 0 1 1

See also

References

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